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    Learned Hand Typed Letter Signed "Learned Hand". One page on Hand's official U.S. Court House letterhead, 8.5" x 11"; New York, November 5, 1952. A brief letter to Norman Cousins approving a request for use of his remarks given "in Albany on October 24th, and in particular those parts of which you sent me galley proof." Hand had addressed the Board of Regents at the University of the State of New York on October 24, 1952. The speech was a harsh criticism of McCarthyism, when the mounting fear of Soviet spies in the country was reaching a threshold. Hand addressed the danger of McCarthyism, saying "Risk for risk, for myself I had rather take my chance that some traitors will escape detection than spread abroad a spirit of general suspicion and distrust, which accepts rumor and gossip in place of undismayed and unintimidated inquiry".**

    Together with a retained carbon from Cousins to Hand dated November 3, 1952 making the initial request.

    Condition: Soiling along margins and bottom on both letter and carbon, toned along edges. Small holes and paper loss where documents were stapled. Signature is bold.

    Reference: ** p. 111, Diane Ravitch, The Troubled Crusade: American Education, 1945-1980, Basic Books, March 11, 1985.

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